Shank’s Original Review (with pics): Philadelphia

It’s always a pleasure to be in Philadelphia! But even more than that, I had the chance to grab an official Philly Steak and Cheese! From Shank’s Original!  I actually noticed it while looking for something quick to eat on Foursquare  before picking up a Budget rental truck.

It was located  right by the storage facility, so I lucked up!  Top grade Angus beef in a toasted hero with fried onions and mushrooms. What a steak and cheese!!

Cant wait until next trip back into  Philadelphia.

R&M Social Out and About in Dallas!!

Marvin made it in last night and we have tons and tons of photos from his 40 hour Megabus trip!! During this week, we will be creating some new artwork using those photos and I’m kind of excited!!

Our plan is to meet one of our Google+ friends (Blair W.) on this trip. I got the chance to meet him once at a Joyce Meyer Conference and Marvin will get the chance to meet him in person this visit.

For the business owners out there, if you have a Dallas business that you’d like us to stop into, please let us know!

Our plan today is to go to the last day of the State Fair of TX!

(You’ll be missed Big Tex!)

Marvin and Megabus!!! Together For The First Time!!

My Marvin is on his way to Dallas!!!! He’s arriving via Megabus! You know R&M Social had to try out the Wi-Fi and outlets for the trip!!!

He was last seen in Virginia!!! You can follow his tweets @harlemsmover to keep up with his travels!!! He will get here around tomorrow at 6pm!!!

Don’t you just LOVE THIS MAN?!

Taste of Dallas 2012 Review with Pics!

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First of all, let me just say: I had a blast!!! Since yesterday was the first day, I wanted to be one of the first people there….so of course I ended up there 30 minutes before they opened the gates!LOL

It wasn’t really a big deal sitting at Fair Park Station. Atleast, you’re out of the sun and you have a pretty nice view. They opened the gates promptly at 4pm and by then I was kind of excited! While sitting at the station, I happened to see The Butcher’s Son and Gandolpho’s New York Deli food trucks roll by!

My plan was to make a complete loop around the whole complex just to sit how everything was set up. So I did. Everything was really nice to look at, the fountains were going and the music was playing and I was feeling pretty good.

On my first loop I saw the great looking JellyBelly truck and right near it was Trailer Cakes! So of course I stopped in to say hi and let them know that I’d be back by to check out their cupcakes. The girls were really nice and put me in good spirits for the rest of my loop.

I also passed Tiff’s Treats and had to stop and ask how to find their location in downtown Dallas. I went looking for it once and came up empty handed. Now that I know exactly how to get there, i’ll pay them a visit. Their cookies were outstanding!!!!!! Especially the chocolate chip!! I took a few home for Mel and he loved them too!

At the middle of the loop, I saw the breakaway for the Food Trucks, so you KNOW I had to detour! What was it? About 10 or 15 trucks in a circle and the best thing about them? NO LINES!!!! Woo Hoo!!

My first stop was with Cafe Con Leche. Mr. Martinez came out and introduced me to everyone. He was very sweet and so were the girls! I decided to try his Classic Cuban sandwich and just let me say, WOW, it was amazing!! I would LOVE to have a six inch sub of that one!!!

In the food truck circle, they had a nice tent set up with chairs and tables, so you didn’t have to stand out in the sun and eat, so I took a break. Next, I decided to go over and talk to the guys and girls at the Nammi Truck. They have been at every Food Truck event I’ve gone to, but I can never get any of their food cause their line is always the longest!! NO LINES today!!

The guys and girls working the Nammi Truck were really nice and upbeat. They were a really lively bunch of young people who didn’t mind chatting with you and making you feel comfortable. (GREAT meeting you guys!!)

Afterwards, I stepped over to Gandolpho’s New York Deli truck, but wasn’t greeted with much enthusiasm, so I didn’t bother buying anything. A kind word goes a long way guys.

I really enjoyed the Honey Glazed Pork from the Nammi Truck! Very sweet and tender! Would definitely try it again. Now, I know why their line is always long! Great food and great people!

I left the food trucks and continued my loop. The Taste of Dallas also had both buildings full of vendors as well. That way, you could get a little break from the sun and enjoy the air conditioning for a moment or two! MUCH NEEDED!

I got to say hello to Jimmy Ellis and check out some of his art work. Also got to meet the young lady at Sugar Box and got to sample a Red Velvet Cake Ball! Amazing!!! She told me that they take the cake batter and mix it with butter cream to get that silky smooth texture!! It’s then baked and dipped in white chocolate! Worth buying!!

Then I ventured over to the ladies at Sadie B Foods. They specialize in authentic Caribbean Sauces. I tried one of their hot sauces on a tortilla and if you can’t stand spicy, do NOT try this one! It was great!  Good for basically any kind of meat or chips and such, but they also had a sweeter version for the mild tongued people out there. They were very nice ladies and made me feel very welcome.

I also came across Cosmo Universal Art who I happened to see at the City Arts Festival a few months back! Very talented! I also got to speak to the lady at The Cake Ball Company. She was really nice and explained to me that they were the original cake ball people…lol…NOT the Sugar Box!

After catching a break from the heat, I went back to Trailer Cakes for my dessert! I ordered the Main Squeeze which is their lemon cupcake. Boy, was it good!! After another loop of the festival, I even went back and got another one!! So worth it!! Outstanding!!! That frosting was out of this world!!

The entire Taste of Dallas was amazing and I am SO glad they moved it to Fair Park! It used to be at the West End, but it’s much better now! If you’ve never checked it out, it’s a don’t miss! Bring the family and enjoy. It doesn’t cost much to get a full belly, trust me!!

Thanks to everyone there who helped me to have a great time!!! See you next year!!

3 Things I Want to See in NYC!

I can’t wait to get the chance to go to NYC! Eventhough I was born and raised in  Baltimore, MD and NYC was so close, I just never got there. Now, I live in Dallas, TX and dream of one day visiting..

When I get to NYC, there are 3 places that I want to get to immediately!

FAO Schwarz

Times Square

Any NY Pizza place

I LOVE NY style pizza!!! Man, I could go for a pie right now!! Marvin is so lucky to live there! I get jealous sometimes when he tells me about all of the things he gets to see!

ps. One day I will have a billboard in Times Square! Remember I said this on this day!

Island Salads Review in NYC

  420 Lenox Ave (between 131st St & 132nd St) Manhattan, NY 10037
First, let me start out by saying, the line was “out the door” when I arrived. I got there about 12:15, right in the middle of lunch hour. The crowd was young and trendy and most were doctors and workers from Harlem Hospital.
I was pretty satisfied with the appearance. It was in typical NY fashion with a portable, outside entryway for those Winter days!
 The service was great; from the taking of my order to the check-in with Foursquare. From the check-in, I was even able to get a “free soda or juice perk.” The personnel were very cheerful and polite and the seating was ample.
As I stood in line waiting, I was admiring the menu with the host of tasty salads. Finally, I decided on the Asian Rasta Salad. That one consisted of grilled chicken, green leaf veggies, noodles, rice, mandarin oranges and cheese. There was also a homemade dressing (pure mouth watering pleasure!!). Overall, it was a delightful and very filling lunch!